Tag: blocking

Knitting April Into May

Knitting April Into May

I have been taking part in the first three months of the A Year Of Techniques project being run by ACKnitwear: a year of monthly projects which each focus on a new technique. Starting in March, the first month’s technique, helical stripes, offered up a […]

WIP: Cabled Socks Reloaded

WIP: Cabled Socks Reloaded

As one project hits the blocking mats, so another springs back to life. These are the socks that I was working on a little while ago, before I had a little craft and creativity inspiration ‘blip’ and my hands stopped working and my mind stopped […]

Do You Block Socks?

Do You Block Socks?

I block socks as a matter of practice. Firstly, I think it is a good idea not to lave them wet and crumpled to dry slowly, but would rather get the air circulated around the shaped fabric to dry quickly and efficiently. Also, they pack neatly into the sock drawer a lot easier.

But though I have made Mr Awesome two pairs of custom fit sock blockers, if he takes the laundry from the machine he never blocks his socks. One of his pairs of hand-knit socks ended up being split across two wash loads last week. I dealt with one, whilst Mr Awesome saw to the other load. Have a guess at which one I washed and dried.

But one thing that has often been asked is if blocked socks are more comfortable? Mr Awesome’s verdict was that he couldn’t really tell the difference and that they were both equally comfortable and equally easy to put on.

I’ll still block them, though. They look prettier.

Revisited Knits

Revisited Knits

I only have one pair of mittens, so they get almost constant use during the autumn and winter and are invaluable when the big freeze has settled in as it has now in the UK. I designed and knit these Flutter Butterfly Mittens in August […]

Tutorial: Blocking Mittens With Handmade Mitten Blockers

Tutorial: Blocking Mittens With Handmade Mitten Blockers

When I made my first pair of mittens a few years ago I came across the problem of how to block them. Nowhere I looked seemed to have any information on the best way to block mittens: should they be pinned out flat or simply […]